Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid"), some not so much (four words - "The Sound of Music"). Brace yourself cause you're about to get the biggest shock yet. Today I'm talking about..."Die Hard"!
I know, I know, I'm a girl! But like I've said a thousand times, if the movie's good, no matter the genre, I'll like it. And "Die Hard" totally falls into that mindset. It's one of the best action films ever made (as probably ever guy reading this right now will testify). Well, gentlemen, guess what? There are girls who like the film too. I'm not sure what it is that puts this film onto my all-time favorites list over all the other action films that make me say "Ok, that was fun...back to romances." It could be the solid, seemingly simple script. Maybe because it's so much fun to watch with my dad. Or possibly it's my unabashed love of Alan Rickman, which started when I first saw him in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," yelling "I'll cut your heart out with a spoon!" to Kevin Costner. (Later conversation: "Why a spoon, cousin? Why not a knife or a fork?" "Because it's dull, you twit. It'll hurt more."...teehee, love it.)
Moonlighting" since 1985. And he wasn't the first choice to play McClane either. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson were all offered the part but each one turned it down. Willis had to really work his schedule out to shoot "Die Hard" too. He was filming "Moonlighting" at the same time, during the day. When he finished there, he would head over to Fox and film "Die Hard" through the night. He did have a little time off during filming, though, to elope to Vegas and marry Demi Moore.
Even though you may think, "It's only an action film. They wrote it just so they could blow things up," "Die Hard" is actually based on a book - Nothing Last Forever by Roderick Thorp, a sequel to his book The Detective. The first book had already been made into a film in 1968 starring Frank Sinatra. Thorp wrote the second book with the thought of it being adapted into a sequel to the film "The Detective." However, Sinatra turned down the sequel, and the book was shelved until the 80s. They made the lead character younger, changed the daughter being held hostage to his wife, and changed the corporation, but most of the film follows the book. One major change McTiernan made, though, was switching the villains terrorists to thieves, to make the film less heavy. He felt the audience would enjoy the thought of all that money more than some deep political beliefs.
So, guys (and maybe some gals like me), get your high body count fix this week with "Die Hard." (I know I don't have to tell any of you gentlemen twice.) It's on any number of television channels everyday, but it's also currently an instant streamer on Netflix. Have a great week, everyone!
(Post-tidbit: Ever notice that you never really see Hans' face whenever he fires a gun. That's because Alan Rickman couldn't help flinching at the sound and flash of the guns.)